Rise Of The Rayman: JUJU

One minute you’re making Commander Keen and the next you’re Knee Deep In The Dead. id Software might be known for their violent first-person shooters but there was a time when their core franchise was all about a young lad called Billy Blaze fighting daft aliens, bouncing around on a pogo stick, and collecting chocolate bars and bottles of pop. Flying Wild Hog, creators of Hard Reset and the brill Shadow Warrior reboot, are undergoing a form of the id transformation. But in reverse. From ludicrous gibs to JUJU, a cooperative platformer that is as bright and breezy as Billy Blaze himself. It’s out now.

JUJU is intended to be a game that offers a decent challenge to solo players, while allowing a second player to enjoy an easier experience. The initial character’s difficulty level doesn’t plummet simply because another player has joined – instead, a second player controls an alternate character with an easier play style.

Here’s an odd launch trailer, which makes the game look unnervingly similar to Rayman Oranges and Lemons, while also making me fear for the people who play it.

What happens when they reach a lava level? What happens if they play Shadow Warrior?

10 Comments

  1. Nortros says:

    Unless I am mistaken, it is Interceptor that made Rise of the Triad. Flying Wild Hog made Hard Reset and Shadow Warrior.

  2. Jakkar says:

    That trailer made my soul crawl, though I can’t in any few words say why…

    Are they offering a small internal team the opportunity to stretch their wings, or just trying to grab some cash on the side to fund a future project? Hard to say.

    The game itself looks and sounds like a poor man’s Rayman Origins.

    • Heliocentric says:

      Its the narrative arc and the relentlessness of the music combined, try watching it muted and its not so bad, or listening to the music while doing something else..

      The whole “Bored girlfriend vies for your attention while you play the game instead.. oh look, she can play too” could probably have been cut down abit, but then we wouldn’t have understood either her “non gamer” label or that she was trying to seduce the player. Notice how her hair is tied back when she is transformed into a fellow gamer from glamouring girlfriend so we know she is taking it serious.

      Add that to that grinding the loop of music and it was an unpleasant experience.

    • Ross Angus says:

      I imagine the shoot for the promo went like this:

  3. Halk says:

    That is way too shameful of a clone. At least try and change the music style for cripe’s sake.

  4. Dominic White says:

    Adam might want to brush up on his platforming. Compare the gameplay in the trailer above to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and you’ll see a far, FAR closer similarity than to Rayman.

    link to youtube.com

    Which is kinda good, as you can get Rayman for PC, but DK is going to be a Nintendo exclusive from now until the end of time itself.

  5. Excelle says:

    Does it have online multiplayer? Because if it does, it already has my attention more than Rayman Origins. I was so excited to buy that and play it with friends, but then it turned out that it was couch co-op only. My computer room is not big enough for such activities.

  6. derbefrier says:

    I think it looks alright. This is goood steam sale material

  7. welverin says:

    Legumes, Adam. Legumes.